Eric by Terry Pratchett
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Published: January 1990
Read from: February 04 to 19, 2014
This parrot is NOT dead, but very much alive. And VERY funny.
The British TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus had a famous sketch about a dead parrot that is very funny. This story, like much of Pratchett’s Discworld novels, reminds me a little of Monty Python. And Eric even has a parrot in it. While not dead, the parrot, and the book as a whole, is very funny.
Eric is a want-to-be demon-summoning “hacker”. In an attempt to summon a demon, he summons instead Rincewind the wizard who was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions in a previous Discworld novel. The two of them, Eric’s parrot and Rincewind’s sentient Luggage commence to bumble into one adventure after another.
Very short quick read. Not as much deep-cutting satire, but the return of some great Discworld characters, some humorous parody, and quite a LOT of fun. If I understand correctly, this originally came out in as an illustrated story, so I think I’ll have to find that version and check it out too.